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Campy front der. with Shimano shift levers?(3 posts)

Campy front der. with Shimano shift levers?Live Steam
Sep 6, 2001 6:56 PM
I don't know if this has ever been addressed before, but here goes. I have a Shimano 105 group set on one of my bikes. I am not happy with the operation of the front der. Specifically, when going from the big to small ring the shift is not gradual. When the small lever is engaged, the der. springs over to the small ring position. Sort of like a pop, bang, whiz happens and the chain is now on the small ring. With y Camp Record gruppo on my other bike you can ease the chain off of the big ring and on to the small ring. I have an extra, new clamp on Record front der. and was wondering if it will work with the 105 shifters? I would also like to trim the front der. which the 105 doesn't allow. Any experience with this or do I need to buy a Shimano Ultegra der. to accomplish this? I would think the front der. is a more simple mechanism than the rear. It isn't indexed in the same way is it?
I guess I was half asleep when I posted thisLive Steam
Sep 6, 2001 7:07 PM
The trimming ability comes from the levers doesn't it? I guess I would need to change my levers wouldn't I?
Should work, but the trimming does come from the lever...Cima
Sep 7, 2001 6:21 AM
There is no reason why the Campy front derailleur would not work w/ your 105 STI lever and the 105 cranks. You will probably notice improved shifting between the chanrings with the campy derailleur. You are correct that trimming is controlled by the STI lever, so that aspect will not be improved with the change. You could always change out your left STI lever w/ and Ergo lever, and voila, your trimming issue is solved. You may look funning on your rides, however!!

Good Luck

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